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Acupuncture and Chinese/Herbal Medicine

Dr Smith trained with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and was certified in 2001. She also completed a Chinese Herbal Medicine course in Edmonton, Canada in 2004. She believes that both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can be effective and are complementary, helping each pet to achieve its best outcome with whichever combination is most effective for that pet.

Acupuncture can be successful as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with herbs, diets, or other medications for a variety of issues. Examples include pain relief, lameness or other musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis or disc disease, seizures, and vomiting and other gastrointestinal issues.

First visits include a medical history review, examination using a Chinese medicine perspective as well as a veterinarian’s perspective, and a treatment plan.  If acupuncture is decided upon, the first treatment will also be performed. In most cases, it will take a few acupuncture treatments to find out how effective it will be for your pet. It is recommended to do at least four to six before deciding whether or not to continue treatment, especially for chronic issues or ongoing pain management.

Please have a copy of your pet’s medical records available for the initial visit. This initial visit will take around 1 1/2 hours. Charge is $150-$250 depending on your location (distance from Kailua). Subsequent visits will have a lower fee, to be determined based upon your pet’s needs and your location.

More information about Veterinary Acupuncture can be found on the IVAS website.

Please feel free to call (808-224-4786) or send an email ( with any questions or for further information.